9 responses to “Petunia ‘Balpevac’”

  1. Lindy Lou

    Wow, beautiful !!

  2. Abi

    That is one awesome Petunia Foto! AND A GREAT ARTICLE!!! Always wondered at how this hybrid was produced and what its origin is.

    IF anyone is lucky enough to have one of these plants – here’s a secret for keeping the blooms large and intense: ‘Petunia FeED 20-6-22 for Iron Hungry Plants’ (incidentally, I had some in a pitcher when I watered a Rabbit’s Foot Fern in the fall. It went berserk with fabulous balanced growth i.e. not stringy or weird from over fertilizing… same for Pelargonium caffrum which I had tried for 6 YEARS to get to bloom. I tried it on that plant as a last resort… And the day in March that I was finally going to pitch it over the side I noticed flower buds!!! They opened the next day. WOW. Gorgeous! I have to say – worth the wait – guess that Pelargonium must like the extra iron or something. Will try it on other plants. but I digress… back to Petunia Balpevac ‘Black Velvet’ 🙂

    While NOT a fan of chemical fertilizers because of the way many of the minerals are obtained… I succumbed to the desire for ‘perfect’ blooms once again on my Black Velvet Petunia. I’d had the plant for several years (1st year it was gorgeous) and even tho I’d re-potted it in my best compost, the leaves were coming in smaller & yellowish & the flowers were getting smaller and finally began showing distinctly reddish-purple blotches. Hmmmmm.

    I searched online to find out what was going on – had never had a petunia do that… Found out that this one (as with some other of the hybrids) apparently NEEDs certain micro-nutrients & more iron and acid than my compost pile provided. Guess I am going to have to reconfigure my formula 🙂 (fewer barnacles and more rusty nails?)

    Anyway, I got some of the “FeED…” and OMG! Within a month the plant was back on its feet & the next flush of flowers was darker & they kept getting darker until they were as deep and intense purple black as when I first got it. I keep this plant year round in my sun-porch where it flowers non-stop even tho I live in Alaska with less winter light and it occasionally gets down to near freezing in there. Awesome plant!

    HATS off to the Hybridizers AND the authors of this article!!! Fascinating!!!. Have attached a foto of my plant this past March when I brought it indoors for a week or two just so I could see it up close and goggle at it. The blooms simply suck up sunlight so it is hard to get fotos… but worth trying for that great image like the one used for this article & definitely worth growing if you can find one.


    Amazing photo and thank you for the history lesson. All very impressive.

  4. Elizabeth Revell

    Simply, wow!
    And thanks to Abi, too, for the feeding information. Much appreciated.

  5. Laurel Slaney

    Who knew.

  6. Zoogardener

    Abi, where do you live??
    While I agree your petunia is awesome that VIEW is to die for!! As a prairie dweller, those mountains are amazing!!

  7. Bonnie

    A lovely plant in both pictures. I’ll just have to enjoy the information here, I can’t even figure out what is wrong with my Datura outside so I wouldn’t undertake this plant if I ever found it. 🙂

  8. Susan Gustavson

    Very interesting story and comments from Abi. I think the black petunias are quite snobworthy.

  9. Dana D

    Are you trying to pick a fight with me because I grow petunias and consider myself a serious gardener??? Actually, I grow them in memory of my grandmother who loved Petunias. Unfortunately, she lived in western New York state, while I live in Oklahoma – where summer temps are extremely high and often top 100 for weeks at a time. So, 95% of the Petunia varieties on the market never grow for most gardeners here after mid-June. Until the Supertunia Vista series was introduced, and the strongest of those is USTUNI6001, more commonly known as Bubblegum petunias. I love plants that don’t die and my Bubblegums deliver!
    As for your wondering about the designation Balpevac. I have always understood these to be designations from the developer. Picking apart this one is fun: Bal= Ball Hort, pe= Petunia, and I am not certain why the developer chose vac. (The designation USTUN stumps me). I don’t know about plant patent registry in Canada, but there is a US patent for Petunia ‘Balpevac’.
    Thanks for the historical information about my grandmother’s favorite flower!

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